Chatting at the General Sutter
Chatting at the General Sutter is our Monday Night Conversation Cafe. Our goal is to foster dialogue around food, fellowship and interesting topics. We are using a new curriculum called The Wired Word which publishes new material based on events that have been recently featured in the news. We encourage you to come out and join us. Chatting at the General Sutter is a chance for people of all backgrounds to feel comfortable discussing a variety of issues where life and faith intersect—including hot-button issues like relationships, immigration, gun control, forgiveness, anger, loss, etc. We don't all have to agree—before or after the conversation. Sometimes we may feel like we are the square peg fitting in a round hole. However, varied opinions are always valued when we gather for Chatting at the General Sutter Inn in Lititz on Monday nights @7pm. You don't have to come alone either—you are invited to bring friends out to join you for dinner and a discussion.
You can feel free to buy appetizers, meals or drinks during the conversation. After the official session ends you are welcome to stick around and continue hanging out with the new folks you met. We invite you to come enjoy a comfortable, safe place for discussion. This is a place to meet up with old friends and make new ones, to share your thoughts about compelling topics and hear the thoughts of others, and to discover ways to serve your community and your world. Sound good? Then join us for Chatting at the General Sutter.
If you would like to talk more during the week, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact any of the folks listed below who are helping to facilitate this discussion group. You can also contact us if you are looking for a faith community to plug into.
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We meet most every Monday (except when holidays and weather cause a problem)
from 7-8pm at the General Sutter Inn, Lititz, PA
Monday, July 15: Christian Groups Try New Ways of Doing and Being the Church
We will discuss news stories about two churches that have found ways to minister to the unchurched in new and fresh ways. Their stories and situations are quite different from each other, but they both are trying fresh approaches to what it means to do and be the church with their outreach ministries. To get a sneak peak, check out this article: https://religionnews.com/2019/06/20/philadelphia-episcopalians-explore-what-happens-when-church-is-separated-from-sunday/
Monday, July 22: Are Americans Angrier Than a Generation Ago?
We will dive into the question: “Are Americans Angrier Than a Generation Ago?” A new poll that indicates we are. That gives us a reason to think about the things that cause those emotions. The poll that grabbed our attention can be viewed at: Poll: Americans Say We're Angrier Than a Generation Ago. NPR
Monday, July 29: Earthquakes
We will discuss “Earthquakes”—those caused by geological fault lines and cultural fault lines as well. There have been several earthquakes in our country over the last few weeks. But what about the emotional fault lines that lie underneath of our social relationships. Is there anything that we can do to prepare to handle those waves? To learn about some of the science from the 2 quakes in California, explore this link: The Faults That Ruptured in Twin California Quakes Are Very, Very Weird, Geologists Say. Live Science
Monday, August 5: Changing Laws Invite Consideration of What Constitutes Criminal Behavior
What is defined as legal or illegal varies greatly over time and space. Governments criminalize behavior once considered acceptable, and decriminalize behavior once considered offensive, depending on the social mores, situation and perceived and real needs of a particular culture. You can check out these articles as a starting point to our discussion:
Monday, August 12: Nation Observed 50th Anniversary of First Lunar Landing
Our discussion will focus on how our “Nation Observed 50th Anniversary of First Lunar Landing.” How does it change our relationship with God and other nations to achieve something that amazing? How does it change how we see ourselves--or how we perceive God?
Monday, August 19: What Has God Promised Us?
We will discuss “What Has God Promised Us?” in the context of different understandings around “prosperity gospels.” Does God promise us that we will always be successful, wealthy and have perfect relationships? What does it mean when life becomes very difficult?
Monday, August 26: More Mass Shootings: What Can We Do?
There is no single answer to this complicated question about how to protect lives as well as constitutional rights, but we encourage folks with different ideas to be a part of a civil discussion.
Monday, September 2 - No Meeting due to Labor Day Holiday
Monday, September 9: Good News!
We’ve learned that except in war zones, famines have all but disappeared and that the deadly Ebola disease is now often curable. This is good news and an encouragement to keep making progress.
Monday, September 16: Superstitions in Sports
Many athletes are known for their superstitions--whether the way they approach the batter's box, wearing lucky articles of clothing, etc. Superstitions are perhaps more common then we think--in sport and other parts of life. We will have a fun discussion on some of these behaviors and their impact on us.
Monday September 23 we will discuss the 400 years since since the first Africans were brought to Virginia as slaves in August 1619.
We will acknowledge the centuries of suffering endured by slaves and their descendants in this country and seek some biblical perspective.
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